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Black Friday Kicks Off With Violence. National Service Memorial in Paris. Province Reconsidering Medical Marijuana Vaporizing Exemptions. 35 Outdoor Rinks Open This Weekend. Cavalcade of Lights, Weston Santa Claus Parade Closing Roads This Weekend.
Black Friday Kicks Off With Violence
Hundreds of thousands of North Americans were waiting patiently for the doors of retailers to open this morning while the rest of us waited patiently for their trample videos to surface on YouTube. Yes, it’s Black Friday and as usual, many bargain-hunters were waiting in line before sun rise this morning. However, shoppers in Los Angeles had nothing to worry about as stored have been open all night there. And for the very first time, more shoppers are expected to visit retailers’ websites via their smartphone versus on a desktop computer or tablet this weekend. Canadian stores are expected to be pretty busy though due to the weak Canadian dollar. Yorkdale Mall says that Black Friday has now surpassed Boxing Day as the mall’s biggest shopping day of the year. An IPG Mediabrands survey conducted this fall determined that 68% of respondents said they would be shopping at a Canadian store on Black Friday. Black Friday may be getting an upgrade too — many in the United States think the day should be recognized as a national holiday. A new survey conducted by the website fatwallet.com found that one group in particular, (parents, especially moms,) is really pushing for it. Trouble is with retail workers off on a national holiday, how will anyone be able to shop?
National Service Memorial in Paris
A National Service Memorial took place in Paris, France marking two weeks since the deadly terror attacks that claimed the lives of 130 people. There was a moment of silence for the victims and their families, including the survivors that were targeted in restaurants and bars across the city back on Friday, November 13th. French President Francois Hollande paid tribute at the memorial service and told those in attendance that the country will not give into “fear or hatred.” More than 350 people were injured in the attacks, which is now the worst in recent French history.
Province Reconsidering Medical Marijuana Vaporizing Exemptions
The province is reconsidering medical marijuana exemptions to e-cigarette rules only a day after announcing the change. Last night, it was announced medical marijuana users in Ontario would get the O-K from the Liberal government to use vaporizers anywhere in the province. Medical marijuana was quietly exempted this week from a law that bans the use of e-cigarettes anywhere regular cigarettes are prohibited. This means users could vape in the office, on playgrounds, or in restaurants – though employers and restaurant owners can still ban them from smoking on the premises – as of Jan. 1st. Associate Health Minister Dipika Damerla said the exemption was about letting people who are very sick or in a lot of pain to take their prescribed medication when they need to. On Thursday, Damerla said the government would take another look at the exemption based on feedback such as media reports and online comments. She wouldn’t say if the second look at the exemptions would go beyond Jan. 1.
35 Outdoor Rinks Open This Weekend
If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, the City of Toronto is opening 35 outdoor ice rinks this weekend, with the remaining 15 to open next weekend. Weather permitting, the rinks will stay open until the end of the season on March 20th. The other 15 rinks will open December 5th and remain open until Feb. 28th. As of tomorrow, the following rinks will be open:
Alexandra Park/ Harry Gairey
Colonel Sam Smith Park
Dufferin Grove Park
Glen Long CC
Hodgson Public School Grounds
Irving W Chapley CC
Mel Lastman Square
Nathan Phillips Square
North Toronto Memorial CRC/ Eglinton Park
Otter Creek Centre
Regent Park (South Park)
Scarborough Civic Centre/Albert Campbell
Sir Adam Beck Rink
Sunnydale Acres Rink
Trinity Bellwoods Park
Van Horne Park/ Pleasantview Rink
Wallace Emerson Park
West Deane Park/ Martingrove
West Mall Rink
Westway Outdoor Rink
For more information, and to see the different skating and outdoor programs offered by the city,click here.
Cavalcade of Lights, Weston Santa Claus Parade Closing Roads This Weekend
– Hagerman Street, from Elizabeth Street to Bay Street
– Elizabeth Street, from Dundas Street to Hagerman Street
– Albert Street, from Bay to James Street
– James Street, from Queen Street to Albert Street
– westbound curb lane of Queen Street, from Bay Street to the west side of Nathan Philips SquarePyrotechnics will be happening at 8 p.m.For more information on the event, click here.On Sunday, the 36th annual Weston Santa Claus Parade will be closing roads on Weston Road, from St. Phillips Road to Jane Street 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. The parade is rain or shine, and will travel the following route:- southbound on Weston Road from the formation area located on Weston Road between St. Phillips Road and Church Street
– westbound on Sidney Belsey Crescent to the dispersal Area at Dora Spencer Road
The TTC will also be affected.
During the formation at:
89 Weston – both eastbound and westbound traffic will be diverted both ways utilizing the following streets: Oak Street, Gary Drive, Wendall Avenue, Queenslea Avenue, Rosemount Avenue, John Street to route.
During the formation and parade:
59 Maple Leaf – diversion to station to divert from Pelmo Crescent via west on Gary Drive, south on Wendell Avenue, east on Queenslea Avenue, south on Grattan Street, and east on Church Street to route.
During the parade:
52 Lawrence West – both eastbound and westbound to divert both ways utilizing the following streets: Jane Street, Eglinton Avenue, Scarlett Road to route.
58 Malton – both eastbound and westbound to divert both ways utilizing the following streets: Scarlett Road, Eglinton Avenue, Jane Street to route.
79 Scarlett Road – northbound looping to divert via north on Scarlett Road, west on Dixon Road, south on Royal York Road, east on Lawrence Avenue, south on Scarlett Road to regular southbound routing.
89 Weston – both northbound and southbound to divert both ways utilizing the following streets: Jane Street, Church Street, Uphill Avenue, Pelmo Crescent, Gary Drive, Oak Street to route.